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Easter collections left bins gathering in Crystal Palace

PUBLISHED: 14:12 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:12 06 April 2016

Ledrington Road rubbish

Ledrington Road rubbish

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The council has confirmed the rubbish has been cleared

Residents in a Crystal Palace road were left living with a “serious health hazard” after Bromley Council didn’t pick up their refuse for three weeks.

A change in the normal collection meant residents were left piling their rubbish outside in Ledrington Road, with one local resident complaining of a rat infestation.

The local resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s terrible and a serious health hazard.

“The Bromley refuse people often miss the road completely, myself and others have complained, but this has happened at least a dozen times in the last six months.

“Rats and foxes are rummaging about in the rubbish. Children are at risk in the area because Bromley council has sited “poison” boxes to kill the rats but they are doing absolutely nothing to treat the cause, which is the accumulating rubbish.

“It seems that the council are only concerned with what people can see, if you look at town centre’s they’re spotless, I can understand why.”

“The problem has been resolved but it’s been going on for ages.”

Bromley council has said it has not set any rat traps locally.

Colin Smith, executive councillor for environment said: “I regret to say that the problems here are largely of the residents, or more likely their management agent’s (depending on their agreements), own making. There simply aren’t as many bins being used as seem to be required.

“That said, we know that the last two collections definitely have taken place, as the location has been monitored since mid-March.”

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